Tuesday's prep roundup: Air Academy, Widefield, Sierra and Mesa Ridge all advance to 4A girls' basketball quarterfinals

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Air Academy 42, Rifle 25

At Air Academy: Mary Parchinski scored 12 points on two 3-pointers and grabbed five rebounds as the No. 3 Kadets overcame a slow start in the Class 4A state tournament game Tuesday night to advance to the quarterfinals.

The win also avenged a 42-35 overtime loss to Rifle in the third round last season.

Liza Louthan chipped in nine points for Air Academy (24-1), which fell behind 7-3 in the first quarter before outscoring the Bears 39-18.

No. 14 Rifle (22-3) jumped to a 4-0 lead before Air Academy rallied.

On Friday, the Kadets play No. 6 Evergreen, which moved on after beating No. 22 Lewis-Palmer 59-36.

Widefield 59, Holy Family 53

At Holy Family: The No. 15 Gladiators pulled off another upset, this time over the No. 2 Tigers to move onto the 4A state quarterfinals.

Charisse Fairley led with 21 points on three 3-pointers and Shynesti Johnson had 17 for Widefield, which had a 25-18 halftime advantage. The Gladiators held on after going 23-for-33 at the foul line.

Widefield's Aaliyah Ricketts added 11 points.

Holy Family (21-4) was led by Izzy Hren, who finished with 23 points.

Last week, Widefield (20-5) pulled off a 42-point win over No. 18 Fort Morgan. The Gladiators play No. 10 Golden on Friday.

Mesa Ridge 72, Thomas Jefferson 49

At Mesa Ridge: Chloe Welch led with 18 points and three others scored in double figures as the No. 8 Grizzlies advanced to the quarterfinals of the 4A state playoffs for the third straight year.

Ashley Bowen chipped in with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Mesa Ridge (22-3), which jumped to a 13-9 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Grizzlies' Angelina Jackson and Serin Dunne added 11 and 10, respectively.

Sydney Thompson led No. 9 Thomas Jefferson (22-3) with 12 points.

Mesa Ridge plays top-ranked Pueblo West on Friday.

Sierra 63, Windsor 58

At Sierra: The No. 20 Stallions (18-8) joined three other Colorado Springs teams in the 4A quarterfinals by upsetting No. 4 Windsor.

Sierra held on for the win despite giving up an 18-6 third quarter.

The Stallions won after a 20-point performance by Windsor's Michaela Moran.

The Wizards (20-5) lost for the first since Jan. 12.

On Friday, the Stallions play No. 12 Pueblo South, which upset No. 5 Valor Christian 52-47 on Tuesday.